How to make a garden rock caterpillar

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How to make a garden rock caterpillar

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Project Overview

Here’s a fun activity that makes a great ornament in your bedroom or garden. This cute little rock caterpillar is easy to make and we’ll show you how.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Pick your rocks
2 Paint rocks with undercoat
3 Paint rocks different colours
4 Paint the face
5 Make antennas
6 Glue antennas 
7 Glue rocks together
8 Display your rock caterpillar
  • Step 1. Pick your rocks

    Choose six rocks that will sit comfortably on top of each other. The head should be slightly smaller.
  • Step 2. Paint rocks with undercoat

    Next paint all the rocks with the white base paint. You might need to do a couple of coats. Kids should put safety gloves on for painting.
  • Step 3. Paint rocks different colours

    Once the base paint is dry, paint each rock a different colour. One coat should be enough, but you may need two.
  • Step 4. Paint the face

    When the head is dry, paint on the caterpillar’s face.
  • Step 5. Make antennas

    Use your scissors to cut a pipe cleaner into two short pieces.
  • Step 6. Glue antennas 

    Use a hot glue gun to dab some glue to the top of the caterpillar’s head. Then, press the pipe cleaner antennas onto the glue. Hold for a few seconds until the glue hardens.
  • Step 7. Glue rocks together

    To make the caterpillar’s body, place a small dab of glue on one rock and hold the head-rock down on it for a few seconds until they’re stuck. Repeat the process with the rest of the rocks to finish.
  • Step 8. Display your rock caterpillar

    Now you can show off your caterpillar. It’ll look fantastic on your window sill, up on a shelf, or out in the backyard. It might even turn into a rock butterfly one day.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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